Mt Pilatus, Kriens

4.7
#1 of 644 in Outdoors in Switzerland
Must see · Wildlife Area · Ski Area
For panoramic views of Lucerne and the surrounding region, take the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. During medieval times locals believed that a dragon lived at the summit of this soaring massif; several 17th-century accounts tell of a winged creature flying between the mount's caves. Today the towering mountain draws visitors with its walking trails, which range from extremely steep and challenging scrambles for serious adrenaline junkies, to easy hikes for everyone else. On clear days the hiking paths offer views that stretch as far as the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. You can also reach the summit by riding the aerial cableway or the panorama gondola, departing from the town of Kriens. The cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm only operates from mid-May till mid-November. The cable-car and gondola from Kriens up to Pilatus operates also in winter. Put Mt Pilatus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lucerne travel route builder app.
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  • High recommend visiting the mountain, so many great activities and the cable car was amazing especially with kids. We were lucky enough to have hardly anybody up there at the same time, so it felt...  more »
  • Hi, yesterday we visited Pilatus via Alpnachstad to Kriens. It was a wonderful trip. However there are some down side point to consider. 1. The SBB ticket is not your ticket until up to Pilatus...  more »
  • Excellent for hiking, easy to approach There were maps for hikers, the hike is about 3-4 hours to the peak “Pilatus Kulm” -2113m high.  more »
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  • An adventure not to miss in this lifetime. One of the most beautiful places on earth. Breathtaking, magical, beautiful from start of trip to get there to the trip back down. Incredible. Wow. The train ride alone makes this trip worthwhile. A hidden gem in this world. Transportation in Europe is made easy to get around and to get to places in general. I will be back with even more excitement and awe and look forward even more to seeing these spectacular views once again.
  • Amazing views, paragliding, mountain birds, mountain cable cars climbing up the mountain one after one fr the tunnel below! Another thing must not missed, thought only few staircase steps will reach the top round n round the mountain footpath without the rod is another challenge but not scary just a bit loose stones here n there! Once you up there you feel proud n happy, just enjoying the view! Surrounding magnificent view make you feel like you are at Himalayan rather than Switzerland!
  • Very scenic place and an awesome ride to Pilatus Klum. Going up is a very good experience. So suggest go twice, once by a Gondola and once by cogwheel train. Many suggest taking cogwheel upwards and Gondola downwards. But believe me climbing is what is thrilling.. Check weather. I postponed by a day just to ensure weather is clear.
  • Very good place for outing. Wonderful natural views. There is restaurant and hotel at the top. Places available for BBQ as well.
  • Perfect spot to be in summers. Amazing sites at this cable car station!!! Lush green mountains, lakes and cows in meadows

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